Cheers to a New Beginning; Top Five Leadership Appoints in Asia in First Quarter 2023



How resilient Asia as a whole has been over the past three years is underappreciated. The economies of East and South-East Asia have benefited from being connected into global industrial networks, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for products kept these economies afloat even while services slowed down. The Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s taught many important lessons that they have used to their sensible macroeconomic policies.

As the out with the old and in with the new goes, new leaders are being appointed in different companies across Asia, trying to deliver better than predecessors. With that said, here are top five Asian leaders boarded in the first quarter of 2023.

Chin Lit Yee of Julius Baer

Chin Lit Yee has been named the new Head of South East Asia by Julius Baer. Yee is an accomplished banker with more than 30 years of experience in the wealth management industry. For the Bank, Yee has consistently produced results and built solid customer relationships. He is the right leader to expand Julius Baer's market share in South East Asia because of his broad knowledge and management skills. Yee most recently served as the Bank's Group Head for South East Asia. He has previously worked for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and J.P. Morgan before joining Julius Baer in 2015.

Yee seems enthusiastic to expand Julius Baer South East Asia and continue to build on the regional accomplishments. Yee intends to continue growing the company in Asia alongside Julius Baer South East Asia. Yee is certain that the company will be able to retain a client-centric strategy and continue to provide exceptional service and solutions that aid the company's clients' financial success. Yee is honored to be the team's leader and is looking forward to working with his coworkers to produce excellent results in the future.

Steven Chua of Tourism Management Institute of Singapore

Steven Chua has been selected to serve as the CEO of the Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS), and he has more than three decades of experience and competence in the hotel and tourism sectors.

Steven has developed a successful career in the hotel and tourist sectors over the past three decades. He consistently experienced enormous joy from having a positive impact on people's lives and society by creating memorable and sustainable lifestyle brand experiences. In that regard, Steven has served as an advisor to more than 20 multinational lifestyle companies, governmental agencies, and businesspeople.


Board chair, director, and C-suites appointments have previously been made with publicly traded firms. His expertise includes talent capital development, pre-opening & operational planning for hospitality businesses, and the development of tourism destinations.

Tan Jit Yee of Singapore's National Environment Agency

As manager of sustainable partnerships, Tan Jit Yee, a former officer with Singapore's National Environment Agency, has joined the Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Tan joins a sustainability team that aims to make eco-friendly lodging available to travelers that care about the environment. Her job will involve collaborating on sustainability objectives with Pan Pacific's corporate partners. She ends more than three and a half years of service with NEA, where most recently she served as manager of partnerships and programs.

Programs to decrease trash were a part of her job at the government agency, and one project to reduce disposables resulted in a fee on plastic bags in supermarkets. She also contributed to initiatives including the Youth for Environmental Sustainability (YES) Program, Clean & Green Singapore, and the first DBS Foundation X NEA Hungry for Change Challenge.  She received a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from the National University of Singapore, where she studied. Nearly 50 hotels, resorts, and serviced suites are owned or operated by Pan Pacific Hotels, a subsidiary of the Singapore-listed UOL Group. This includes the renowned Parkroyal on Pickering Hotel in the heart of Singapore.

Jim Lee of Paessler

Jim Lee has joined Paessler in the position of Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific, where he will be in charge of managing channel sales and forming partnerships. The appointment comes at a time when Paessler asserts that by offering possibilities and solutions for digital transformation, it is on track to grow its market presence and market share in the APAC region.

Jim's key duties as a Business Development Manager for an IT monitoring company include managing channel sales and forging strategic alliances in South Korea and Japan. His attention has been on the IT, OT, IoT, and IIoT sectors in these nations, where I use my knowledge of these industries to help the company grow. In addition to managing the sales and marketing initiatives in Japan and South Korea, he is accountable for identifying new business prospects and building and maintaining partnerships with important strategic alliances. By generating revenue and growing Paessler's presence in the area, he develops and puts into action effective plans to meet the company's goals in the Asia Pacific region.

Tony Yen of WTW Taiwan

Tony Yen has been named Head of Taiwan by WTW, a worldwide advising, broking, and solutions organization, with effect from January 1, 2023.  Charles Wang, who retired in December 2022, is succeeded by Yen. Yen joined WTW in 2015 and has over 20 years of expertise in risk engineering, risk management, and insurance brokerage. He also oversees WTW's Corporate Risk & Broking (CRB) division in Taiwan and has worked with numerous Taiwanese businesses to establish their enterprise risk management and business continuity plans. To facilitate service delivery and promote growth in Taiwan, Yen's new position will require him to collaborate closely with business executives from across WTW.

The company believes it is crucial to offer organizations data-driven, insight-led solutions in the areas of people, risk, and capital to help them navigate and prosper in a complicated environment given the persistent global uncertainties and economic problems. Tony has worked closely with several Asian high-tech businesses over the years to build optimized risk management, risk transfer, and risk reduction solutions. The business is optimistic that clients will become more resilient and prosperous thanks to his experience, established track record, and colleagues in Taiwan.

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